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Morning Sickness or NVP: National Survey of Nurse Practitioners Points to Underreporting of Common Condition in Pregnancy
Date:2/27/2012

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Other key findings of the nurse practitioners' assessment include:

  • The majority of NPs (76%) believe that NVP poses a moderate-to-severe problem for their patients.
  • 70% of the respondents were unaware of the term NVP – a definition that reflects the fact that NVP can occur at any time throughout the day as opposed to the traditional "morning sickness."(2)
  • More than half (56%) of NPs reported that the average NVP patient contacts their practice 3 times or more for help with their symptoms during the course of her pregnancy.
  • During the past 12 months, nearly one-quarter of the NPs reported that all of their patients suffering from NVP were treated with dietary and/or lifestyle changes. 
  • Nearly 80% of NPs agree that ginger/B-vitamins as a component of a prenatal supplement may help ease NVP symptoms.
  • According to the survey, nurse practitioners most often recommend vitamin B6 (84%), ginger (81%) and ondansetron (79%) for patients being treated for NVP.

Survey Methodology

The research was undertaken by NPWH using an online survey conducted in November 2011.  The survey was emailed to members of NPWH.  The 17-question survey was hosted by NPWH and available online from November 8 – 15, 2011.  More than half of the respondents have been practicing for 10 years or more.

About NVP

Although commonly known as morning sickness, NVP can occur at any time throughout the day and affects 70 to 85% of pregnant women.  Approximately 50% of pregnant women experience both nausea and vomiting, while 25% experience only nausea. Studies have shown that women taking a multivitamin regularly at the time of conception were less likely to have severe cases of NVP.(1) In most cases, the condition affects wom
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